We’ve started to design our robot!

After much experimentation, we have decided on a design for our first qualifier this year. Here are some pictures of us building…

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We’ve also started our programming…

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Our Objectives Monday November 3

Today, the teams are focusing on attaching the hand of the robot. They are working on finalizing the accuracy of the hand and rewiring the wires, so the wiring is more tight and less loose. After the hand if completed, the team is going to attach the hand to the body of the main robot. I will be frequently updating the Journeys School Robotics Website and adding new posts to the Journeys School Robotics Twitter account and Instagram account.

Journeys School Robotics 2014-2015

This year’s 2014-2015 First Tech Challenge (FTC), is Cascade Effect. The Journeys School Robotics teams #4945 and #71 have a lot of new members contributing towards the new challenge. The grade levels vary from 9th grade to 12th grade along with one 7th grader this year. Over the past couple of months, the team has been working on the servo attachment, a scissor lift, updating the JS Robotics Website, a ball harvester, digital versions of physical components on PTC Creo, programming for the autonomous section, and working on the team notebook.

Montana Qualifiers

Several weeks ago, our team went to the Montana State qualifiers. Robot 4945 performed well, placing 3rd out of 33 teams. Although only the top team continues on to super regionals, we will compete again at the Wyoming qualifiers. Aside from the robots placings, we also witnessed several strong examples of camaraderie between the teams. The first was that for the first time in FTC history, every single team had a working autonomous program. This was accomplished through team work. After it was announced that almost every team had an autonomous program, teams helped each other program autonomous programs between matches until, at the end of the competition, every single robot moved during autonomous. Another instance of teamwork was during the matches when one robot would tip over, another robot would help it back up. In between matches, teams could be seen talking to one another. We were impressed by how many young people have been brought together by engineering.